Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World

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The art of Spain and Spanish America during the 17th century is overwhelmingly religious?it was intended to arouse wonder, devotion, and identification. Its forms and meanings are inextricably linked to the beliefs and religious practices of the people for whom it was made. In this groundbreaking book, scholars of art and religion look at new ways to understand the reception of use of these images in the practice of belief. As a result, the book argues for a fundamental reappraisal of the cultural role of the ...

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Overview

The art of Spain and Spanish America during the 17th century is overwhelmingly religious—it was intended to arouse wonder, devotion, and identification. Its forms and meanings are inextricably linked to the beliefs and religious practices of the people for whom it was made. In this groundbreaking book, scholars of art and religion look at new ways to understand the reception of use of these images in the practice of belief. As a result, the book argues for a fundamental reappraisal of the cultural role of the Church based on an analysis of the specific devotional and ritual contexts of Spanish art.

Handsomely illustrated essays discuss paintings, polychrome sculptures, metalwork, and books. They call attention to the paradoxical nature of the most characteristic visual forms of Spanish Catholicism: material richness and external display as expressions of internal spirituality, strict doctrinal orthodoxy accompanied by artistic expression of surprising unconventionality, the calculated social projection of new devotional themes, and the divergence of popular religious practices from officially prescribed ones. 

 

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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of Ecclesiastical History - J. H. Elliott
"[A] handsome and lavishly illustrated volume. . . . Although the essays approach the subject from different angles, the picture that emerges is a coherent one."—J. H. Elliott, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300154719
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 12.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronda Kasl is senior curator of painting and sculpture before 1800 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Table of Contents

Image and counter-reformation in Spain and Spanish America Alfonso Rodriguez G. de Ceballos de Ceballos, Alfonso Rodriguez G. 15

The holy depicting the holy : social and aesthetic issues Javier Portus Portus, Javier 37

The image and its maker : the problem of authorship in relation to miraculous images in Spanish Luisa Elena Akala Akala, Luisa Elena 55

Images as beings in early modern Spain William A. Christian, Jr. Christian, William A., Jr. 75

"The authority of sacred paintbrushes" : representing medieval sainthood in the early modern period Maria Cruz de Carlos Varona Varona, Maria Cruz de Carlos 101

The theopolitical visualization of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception : intentionality and socialization of images Jaime Cuzdriello Cuzdriello, Jaime 121

Delightful adornments and pious recreation : living with images in the seventeenth century Ronda Kasl Kasl, Ronda 147

In defense of images 167

True likeness 207

Moving images 231

With the eyes of the soul 249

Visualizing sanctity 263

Living with images 295

Lenders to the exhibition 325

Bibliography 327

Index 351

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